Thursday, December 09, 2010

634 - Predators review

“Predators” is one of those sequels that feels a bit like fan fiction, because in essence, that’s what it is; an entirely different group of artists expanding on the work of others. That said, this is a solid work of franchise thrillery, fast-paced and with a good mixture of what we expect (the alien hunters, machine guns, explosions) and some surprises (I won’t spoil those). Many complained that pic’s alpha male, Adrien Brody, paled in comparison to Arnold, but he’s in fact a fitting choice, a fine actor who brings a thinking-man’s tough guy verve to the role. He’s a mercenary whose skills make him the de facto leader of a group of warriors and killers (multi-ethnic and gender, of course) brought to an alien world, in particular a province that functions as a game preserve. Of note out of a fine cast is the fantastic Walton Goggins, who makes a despicable killer believably sympathetic at a couple of key moments. Director Nimród Antal stages the action competently and without much fuss, though a talented cast ultimately deserves the lion’s share of the credit for making this good enough that I’d welcome another installment. Extra points for a hellaciously enthralling opening sequence.

3.5 out of 5

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